Sunset Down The Potomac

Sunset Down The Potomac

I have a story to tell about this photo. You can surmise by the title that it is a sunset shot down the Potomac River. What you can’t surmise even if you squint really hard that there is a US Navy Satellite listening station way down the river. The Pentagon is not that far away and my guess is that its the satellite base for the Pentagon. If you live in the Washington DC area you have seen these giant satellite dishes. In fact, every major river cruise that leaves out of Washington DC and caters to tourists will pass by these giant satellite dishes. They are about as top secret as the Petronas Towers located in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

So imagine my surprise when a “concerned” citizen asked me not to take this said image. I turned around my face in obvious disbelief and want huh? His response was don’t give me that look. My response was public property I don’t think so. The concerned citizen was mounted on a bike and he promptly rode off. You can figure out I took the picture. If he would have made an issue out of it I would have said he can go to the police station that is 500ft away or about 150 meters. They had me on camera the entire time I was down there as they have their cameras all over the area.

What I find amusing is that people find the need to be concerned about photographers. That somehow we are criminals because we use tripods and have something more than a cell phone. Funny thing is, my cell phone is nearly the same megapixel count as the camera that shot this image. It even shoots RAW. It’s an extremely capable photography tool. No one would question me if I took the picture with my cell phone. A camera? I am now subject to suspicion.

This fear of photographers and cameras is a joke. I have been stopped by police and random people countless times because I have a camera. I am polite in my dealings but I also know the laws of the United States. Even most countries state that most public places are free for photography. It’s ignorance fear that think the worst of a photographer. It’s not a crime contrary to what many believe regardless of country. Yes there are laws you need to be aware of and shooting certain subjects are either off limits or not recommended. However, if people would take the time to approach the “suspicious” person with the camera they would discover we are just doing something we enjoy and not out for nefarious purposes.

Oh enjoy the photo too.

Sunset Down The Potomac

4 thoughts on “Sunset Down The Potomac

  1. Been there done that…you’re right that people feel ‘threatened’ by a DSLR with a real lens. The laws are rather clear about photographers’ rights, but most people don’t bother to check before jumping to conclusions. Nice photo!

    1. Thanks. It gets tiresome dealing with people that feel the need to police others when they don’t even know the laws themselves. This includes police officers who I find particularly irritating when they do it.

  2. The photo speaks for itself. A beautiful setting sun shot over the Potomac River in Washington, DC.

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